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February 7, 2012 1:10:27 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week-this month

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming-bf3

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Radeon HD6570 And Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:i5 2500k, ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard,

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: nope

OVERCLOCKING:idk

MONITOR RESOLUTION: about 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:D erp





Budget-$200

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February 7, 2012 1:29:37 AM

does it eat more ram at 1280?
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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2012 1:33:59 AM

Agreed. A new monitor is recommended perhaps a 1600x900 res monitor
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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2012 1:35:24 AM

No, infact you'd probably be only using at most 512mb or video ram.
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February 7, 2012 1:39:41 AM

i dont think either the 6870 or the 560 can run bf3 on ultra, which one should i buy to OC?
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February 7, 2012 1:54:38 AM

If youre going to OC I'd say a 6850, especially one with an overpowered cooler. The 6870 is largely the same card with much higher clock speeds (It's essentially a manufactured to be overclocked 6850) and as such wont give as much headroom as a 6850. However, with the 7800 and 7600 series of ATI cards (I refuse to stop using that) on the very immediate horizon, it'd be best to hold out, especially if your goal is DX11. The newer series handles DX11 FAR better than the nvidia or ATI chips out now, and once those new 7 series cards come out, the 6 series cards will see a price dip. At your resolution a 6850 or 560ti should be ample though, and if you're willing to do some hunting, you can find 1gb 6950s remarkably cheap (I personally spent around $195 for each of mine several months ago).
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February 7, 2012 2:35:53 AM

I believe in most respects the 6950 will be faster but the 560ti might be cheaper. For a direct comparison of 6950 to 560ti...
http://media.bestofmicro.com/Y/U/313590/original/amd%20...
The 560ti isnt included in their roundup for nVidia cards, though a base version 570 is roughly equivilant to a rather overclocked 560ti
http://media.bestofmicro.com/Z/I/313614/original/nvidia...

Now for of a more apples to apples comparison...
http://media.bestofmicro.com/Y/M/313582/original/amd%20...
http://media.bestofmicro.com/Z/4/313600/original/nvidia...

This is provided as each model with base specs, many 560s come with overclocks from whatever the oem is. Personally, as evidenced by my 6950s, you can tell where my choice is...
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February 7, 2012 2:41:24 AM

these are recorded at high quality, do you know whats their like at ultra?
sry
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February 7, 2012 2:41:37 AM

Oh, and "Fermi" is just the GPU family generation, nvidia loves using it in marketing. Named after the physics laboratory in the US (Fermilab), ATI names theirs after paradise resorts; Northern Islands for the 6x series, the 6950/6970 is a "Cayman Island" model. Nvidia is less ... 'romantic?' with its naming, the 560ti is "Fermi GF114"
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February 7, 2012 2:42:55 AM

Those first two are "Ultra" tests, you can use the 4 charts to get a rough idea of the performance capabilities of the 6950 vs. 560ti
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February 7, 2012 3:22:51 AM

turns out there are no 560ti or 5950s at $200
at what resolution will i have to set the 560(no ti)/6870 to play on ultra?
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February 7, 2012 4:17:27 AM

Pretty much what your monitor maxes out at, a 6870 would possibly go upwards to the 1440 range and keep FPS playable, you could maybe opt to get one 6790 then another later which could also do you well in this sort of situation.
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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2012 4:13:50 PM

Running any of those cards at 1280x1024 is about a dumb as pointless as it gets.

Comparable to having a brand new Ferrari and putting wooden tires on it, it'll never go fast.

If your not running 1920x1080, which is the standard, or at LEAST 1680x1050, which was a few years ago standard, you'll never see half the performance those cards are made to deliver. Your just wasting your money.
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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2012 4:23:31 PM

If you want the eye candy, spend the cash. Would be tough for any sub $200 card to play bf3 on ultra at any resolution cept crappy ones like 1280x1024, sorry but it kills me when people want everything for nothing. Rant off :) 
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a b U Graphics card
February 8, 2012 2:47:57 PM

You said your res was 1280x1024, that monitors res is 1440x900.

The only thing I see wrong with it is its 17". Unless you upgrade to at least a 22", you will never see that systems potential.

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February 8, 2012 11:29:12 PM

dont need potential.. will it run on ultra?
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February 8, 2012 11:46:29 PM

C0MMANDO said:
dont need potential.. will it run on ultra?


ultra is no big deal in bf3 compared to high, especially in low resolutions. However it seems enough.. for SINGLE player
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February 9, 2012 12:10:04 AM

single player?
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February 9, 2012 12:48:23 PM

C0MMANDO said:
single player?


Because in multi player the game isn't scripted and stuff happens that may cause occasional drops in performance, fluctuations of fps that disturb the smoothness of the game etc.
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a b U Graphics card
February 9, 2012 1:39:50 PM

C0MMANDO said:
dont need potential.. will it run on ultra?




So you spent all this money on a computer, but your not interested in seeing what it's capable of? Talk about a waste of money, and brainpower, or marbles, not sure what your working with yet.

Anybody want to play BF3 multiplayer on ULTRA on a 17" monitor?? Anybody? Anybody?? LOL

You can lead a horse to water.........................but you can't make him think.
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a b U Graphics card
February 9, 2012 6:02:04 PM

A 6870 would be plenty to run it at that garbage resolution. And your monitor is 1440x900 as well.
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February 9, 2012 9:43:26 PM

geekapproved said:
So you spent all this money on a computer, but your not interested in seeing what it's capable of? Talk about a waste of money, and brainpower, or marbles, not sure what your working with yet.

Anybody want to play BF3 multiplayer on ULTRA on a 17" monitor?? Anybody? Anybody?? LOL

You can lead a horse to water.........................but you can't make him think.


Yep problem? :p 
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